Sturm College of Law News

DU Law adds to its ranks an Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness

March 03, 2010

Prof. Catherine Smith named new Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness

During the course of the next year, the newly-appointed Assoc. Dean Smith will work with Dean Katz on several initiatives, particularly those involving (1) pipeline projects for admissions, and (2) outreach to the local minority bar associations. She will also work to develop a full description of the position as it evolves. Smith is currently an associate professor with tenure at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“We believe that this is one of the – if not the – first position of this type in the country,” said Dean Katz. “Given the SCOL’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, it is particularly appropriate for us to do here. We have the opportunity to be a national leader in this area.”

After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Smith clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe Jr. She then served as a legal fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, from 2000 to 2004, Professor Smith was an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Professor Smith teaches Torts, Advanced Torts, and Employment Discrimination. Her research interests include torts, civil rights law, and critical race theory. Her articles have been published in a number of journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review.


ATTENTION STUDENTS! Faculty-led advising sessions coming soon!

March 01, 2010

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DU Law hosts Brazilian Judges Conference

March 01, 2010

During the week of February 15, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law was honored to be selected by the Brazil Federal Judges Association to host their Judicial Seminar on United States Law.

A total of 32 Brazilian trial and appellate judges attended the 4-day conference, with morning lectures by faculty and afternoon judicial field trips, topped by a “graduation banquet” (complete with diplomas and Native American music and dancers). The legal topics requested by the judges included presentations, in order, by Marty Katz (Con Law), Alan Chen (U.S. Judicial System), Sheila Hyatt (Civ Pro), Kristen Carpenter (Indian Law), Rock Pring (Admin and Environmental Law), Kris Miccio (Criminal Law), and Fred Cheever (Public Land Law). Special thanks go to our wonderful planners – Lauri Mlinar, McKenzie Gaby, Chris Wangelin, Don Smith, Kitty and Rock Pring, and our translators/cultural advisors Glauce Coelho and Taciana Marques (Brazilian lawyers in our ENRL LLM Program) and Sierra Russell (2L).

The law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs kindly co-hosted the graduation dinner, led by Managing Partner and DU Law alumnus Chris Richardson, JD’06.

Read more about the Brazilian judges conference on the Environmental and Natural Resources graduate program blog here.

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Dean and Professor Fred Cheever to serve on fire policy symposium panel at Penn

February 25, 2010

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Brenda J. Hollis, JD’77, appointed Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

February 24, 2010

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Prof. John Soma on privacy issues and laptops

February 22, 2010

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BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the 2010 DU Law Stars honorees!

February 22, 2010

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Donnell Fund gift secures new summer clerkships for PILG

February 19, 2010

The Sturm College of Law recently secured a $100,000 gift for support of the Public Interest Law Group’s summer fellowships.

The donor is The Donnell Initiative Fund, a private family foundation established by the late Cathlin Donnell, a Colorado lawyer who was interested in promoting positive systemic change. The Fund was impressed by the PILG Program’s dedication to the public interest. Specifically, the Fund viewed the gift as a way to build upon the great success of the program to date, and to expand the capacity of the program. As a result of this gift, the PILG Summer Fellows committee will have 7 Cathlin Donnell Summer Fellowships to award on top of the 3 summer fellowships currently funded by our fantastic PILG auction — for a total of 10 summer fellowships each year over the next 4 years.

To read more about Cathlin Donnell and the remarkable legacy that she left to the University of Denver, click here.


Moot Court teams take top honors; ABA team advances to national finals

February 19, 2010

Congratulations to our ABA National Trial Team: Nicole Quintana; Christopher Brown; Tricia Laylock; Garrik Storgaard; Isabel Lenuzza; Erika Reuer; and coach, David Schott! Their championship performance this past weekend at the American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Tournament (hosted by the University of Tulsa School of Law) was nothing short of spectacular. For the second time in ten years, this team will compete in the ABA National Finals, which are being held this year in Dallas, Texas, from March 24th to March 28th, 2010.

Congratulations too to the DU Jessup international Moot Court Team, consisting of Ruby Thapliya (Captain), Molly McNab, Megan Matthews, Anjali Nanda (of counsel), Megan Sheffer, and their coach, John Powell, JD’88. This past weekend, the Jessup team competed in this year’s regional competition in Houston, finishing in the top 4 (out of 24 schools), including Tulane, Ohio State, and University of Indiana at Indianapolis. DU Law placed second in memorials, and Ruby Thapliya, the team captain, was the fifth overall oralist.

And last but certainly not least—the DU moot court team recently beat CU Law in the Hogan & Hartson Cup, and brought the cup back to Denver! Way to go!


Winter Olympians Have DU Ties

February 16, 2010

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